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7/30/07 2:48 P

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PIN: When it comes to getting knowledge about something then there is no such thing as too much information unless I have to run. However, when I can sit and read it, there really is little problem for me. I separated my shoulder many years ago and it keeps causing problems every now and then. It usually hurts a bit all the time. I should be keeping up with various exercises to help out but I'm trying to find ways to make it stronger by everyday methods instead of relying on special techniques. Kind of like the arthritis in my knees, I don't like not being able to live on my own. I don't like restrictions so I do my best with what I have. Good luck with your dilemas. I'm sure you will make it through fine.

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7/30/07 11:09 A

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Plantar fasciitis is a common affliction of athletes and middle aged people. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tendon that attaches the heel to the front of the foot and follows the contour of your arch. When you overstress it, either by maybe too much running, poor shoes, lots of high-impact work, etc., it develops tendinitis. The pull is at the attach point of the heel, and over the course of years the irritation encourages bone growth, resulting in a spur. Contrary to popular belief, the spur itself is almost always painless; it's just an outgrowth of the heel bone, and it points in the direction of the pull (toward the front of the foot), not down like a wart (which is far more painful). What hurts is the tendinitis. First thing in the morning, or standing after sitting awhile, are the most painful, because the tendon has stiffened. When you begin walking again, it takes awhile to loosen. It almost always hurts at the heel, although where in the heel can vary, not only by individual, but even moment by moment. I suspect that is due to individual differences in locomotion. Most cases of plantar fasciitis resolve withing a month or two with conservative treatment; ice, rest, stretching, good shoes, and maybe orthotics. Sometimes physical therapy, although this usually involves stretching and perhaps strengthening the foot muscles so as to aid the tendon. Losing weight, if you're overweight, can only help. I have been plagued with it for years, having developed it while dancing (hula, it's barefoot, what a mistake!). My dr and therapists say my problem isn't that my tendons are too tight, but that my ligaments are too loose, which causes the tendons to take up their work. This was one reason for my ankle surgery. There are several treatments for chronic cases like mine. Traditional surgery, where dr loosens the tendon with a cut, Electric Shockwave Therapy, which is sort of like what they use for kidney stones, it creates microfissures in the tendon, and a new one called Topaz Coblation, which uses RF radiation to poke tiny holes in the tendon. All essentially "release" the tendon enough to make it quit pulling on the heel all the time. Bet this is more than you really wanted to know!

Anyway, thanks for your good wishes. It is hard to find something to keep your brain interested when riding indoors. We have such lovely hills around here--all different sizes--that rides of any intensity are easy to create.

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7/30/07 2:49 A

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PIN: You have the right idea for training. I use my trainer all the time. I can't even remember the last time I actually did a hard ride outside. Usually I'm inside watching the Tour in the morning while I ride and then I'm off taking care of everything else. I also watch scrubs but now while I ride. It just isn't motivating enough and I end up looking for something with a little more action.

I was wondering what a heel spur is. Also what is plantar fasciitis? It is good that no matter what you can still enjoy cycling. Keep on riding and get your miles in.

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7/29/07 11:20 P

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Hi Lorrie, welcome to the world of teaching. What grade will you be teaching? And whether you will have time after school to ride depends on many factors. But my recommendation is: if your weather holds and is nice for riding, take advantage before winter sets in. Even if you have to work later into the night, it is worth it.

I also have heel spurs (a consequence of many years of plantar fasciitis) which is another reason I ride bikes, like you. I know a lot of people who ride in any weather but I am not one of those. I haul my bike into my room, set it on a trainer, and watch old DVD's of Scrubs while I ride. It's not ideal but you can get a good workout and it's not boring!

As a teacher, you tend to give everyone else priority instead of taking time for yourself. If you have the energy, take an hour after school to do a workout BEFORE starting on paperwork. You'll feel virtuous, energized, de-stressed, and ready to attack your pile of work.

I am almost at the point where I am ready to actually ride my bike on the road; maybe one more week! Maybe we can challenge each other to minutes/week. I live 35 miles from my school and bike riding is impossible here in the afternoons, so I can only ride outside on weekends. But there's always the trainer!

Let me know.

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7/29/07 12:13 A

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L: I'm sorry to hear about your heel spur. I have no idea how much that must hurt. I really hope that you will be able to find time to ride after school starts. I have a few tricks that I am going to have to do to keep working out on my schedule but I don't know if they will work for you. Good luck to you.

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7/28/07 10:45 P

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Pinpress,
I'm a teacher too, in fact, just starting my first year in a few weeks. I worry about not having time to bike after school starts. I have a heel spur that makes most impact exercising a no-go so I really rely on biking!

Anyway, your post called to me. I'm no athlete but biking is my joy. Welcome to the team!
Lorrie

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7/26/07 11:18 A

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K and P: Thanks for the support. Yes I do have some pain in my knees but it is actually fairly rare for me to feel really bad pain. I usually get what I like to call discomfort but some would call it disabilitating (I hope I spelled that right). I learned a long time ago how to push through the right kind of pain and stop at the wrong kind. Although recently I was up for a physical fitness test and had to do a lot of running to get ready for it. I really killed my knees during that time. There were days that I would just sit on the side of the field when we were done and cry. The pain was horrible but I had to push through and finish the test that was coming up in about two months time. Now it is past and I have taken enough time off that my knees are back to their old self. Of course I'm back to pushing myself and finding ways to make myself strong but not hurt myself.
I just finished putting together a bike and it has been a real fun time! I could simply fit it to myself but that would be kind of boring. I'm actually just taking my time by riding and adjusting it as I ride. It's a little more annoying but it's fun trying to think about how much different this bike will be from one that has actually been fitted for me by someone else. I have also fitted a number of people on bikes and I always tell them that this is where they should be but if something doesn't feel right then they need to change it. I also ask them to come back and see me once they have made that adjustment so I can help to fine tune the change and better understand their riding style.
Ok I think I have made this string long enough. I just want to thank you again for all the support.

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7/26/07 10:49 A

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I also have arthritis in both knees. I was taking medication prescribe by my doctor, but told him I wanted to go the natural route. He worked with me as I tried different stuff. I settled on a mixture of MSM, Glucosamine and chondroitin. I found that it actually worked better than the prescribed medicine. No more swelling and popping knees. My arthritis is so bad that I would not be able to walk without medication to kill the pain. But the arthritis doesn’t get it the way of my cycling. I baby my knees and always make sure my bike is perfectly fitted to me. I also spend time strengthening my leg muscles by pushing weights so they can better support my knees. So I want to encourage you to find a doctor who will work with you. My personal goal is to put off my knee replacement as long as possible. My Mom had both her knees replaced and my Dad always had trouble with his knees.
If you read my cycling coach thread you’ll see that I am putting a great deal of stress on my knees with the new training drill I get form my coach but my knees are doing fine! They may tell me that they don’t like this new style of riding but the eventually settle down and adapt.


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7/26/07 12:58 A

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The kind of knee damage you have I think they have a lot they can do for. The grinding is that you have worn away the cartilege that keeps the joint moving painlessly and smoothly. Now you have bone-on-bone, and I bet that hurts. You must be ONE TOUGH GUY!

I will keep that shin splint exercise handy. I don't get them but my kids do. I did get them in college from running but since then have wised up and now my bike is my pal, not running shoes! emoticon

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7/26/07 12:51 A

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Ah, Brian I looked at your SparkPage, what a beautiful area for riding. The lighthouse century is the one I did, back in 86. Don't quote me on this but I think my husband was one of the founders of the CalPoly Wheelmen. He was such a fanatic he sometimes would ride to the places they had competitions (for instance, up to Santa Cruz from SLO.) That usually caused him to lose, though! LOL. The first year I knew him he rode from Santa Maria to north of San Francisco and back for his vacation, camping all the way.

Our son is going to CSU Monterey Bay in the fall. We're already talking about taking our bikes up there once in awhile to ride. My brother lives in Nipomo, another lovely area; and then you have to pass through Paso Robles from there, and that's more awesome cycling. Maybe we'll see you out there!

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7/26/07 12:02 A

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P: Well to be honest I don't pay much attention to what the docs say. When I get the general idea of what is wrong and what is needed to do I just do it. The doc said that my arthritis is from all the watch standing I have done and running on the metal of the ship. I have grinded my knees pretty bad all the years of my life. I used to run to everything and everywhere. I played soccer and beat myself up then too. I ref'ed for years and beat up my knees then too. Well enough of the beat up story.
I used to get real bad shin splints when I played soccer. The exercise I have is really simple and cured me for the most part. I lay on my back and pull my knee to my chest and hold it there so that my toe is pointed. For a beginner I recommend doing this with smaller number and as many sets as needed to burn up the muscle. I first do rotations outward. This means that if I'm doing the right foot I rotate clockwise. If it is the left I do it counterclockwise. I roll my foot around in a circle until it reaches the top and that is one. I would say to start at about ten to twenty. Then reverse the direction. So the right leg would now be doing counterclockwise and the left would be doing clockwise. It's a great exercise and it must be done slowly. Focus and concentration is key to successful muscle improvement.

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7/26/07 12:00 A

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Cal Poly Wheelmen, I can't count how many times those guys have flown by me on the road.
Welcome and come join the fun.
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7/25/07 11:50 P

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Thanks, D., for the encouragement. I have arthritis beginning but I'm way older than you! Is yours osteo or rheumatoid? Whichever, you need to take care of it and do what the doc says.

What exercise did you do for your flat feet (or was it for the shin splints?) Both my kids have flat feet and they get quite a bit of pain if they are on them too long. emoticon

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P: Welcome to the club. I'm pretty new too. I was recently diagnosed with arthritis (I hope I spelled that right). My knees cause me problems from time to time. I have found exercises that will help to strengthen my ligaments and my knees. I have really flat feet too! The military almost didn't take me because of them but I told them that I didn't have any problems. They did however cause me to have shin splints when I was younger and playing soccer. I found an exercise that cured that for the most part. I really hope that you will find something that will help you to make yourself stronger. Good luck with your goals. :D

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7/25/07 11:13 A

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Thanks for the welcome, Adam. I see you are a runner too. I tried that when I was younger and found out that it was like asking to get injured: tiny bones and loose ligaments, what a bad combination!

OK: with the encouragement I'm getting today, I will get on my bike (on the trainer, because hills are much too dangerous yet) and ride 20 minutes. That's about all my foot can handle. I've come a long way. The first time I tried to ride it, my foot would hardly fit in the shoe!

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7/25/07 11:05 A

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welcome to the group Ann. We look forward to hearing about your little victories and stories. Ride on!

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7/25/07 10:57 A

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Hi John! It is all I can do to persuade my husband to just go riding without me on the weekends. Now my 18-year-old son has decided he likes to ride. None of us is built for running (bad feet, all of us!) but we can all "feel" athletic on a bike. My husband actually is a good cyclist. Although he's 51 now, when he was in his early 20's he was on the cycling team and competed for CalPoly University on California's central coast. That place is like cycling heaven. Anyway, he still likes to ride centuries (although usually anymore doesn't do the full ride.)

I'm a teacher and school starts back up for me August 8-- emoticon --so it will only be weekends after that. It's just too darn windy here in the afternoons to be any fun on a bike.

Thanks for the encouragement, and go for a ride for me! (A comfort ride is OK!) emoticon

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Welcome o the group and hope you have fn. Sorry to hear about yuor ligament problems but at least the work is done so wishing you a speedy recovery.
Well you titled your thread " No athlete but love to ride" well here's your partner, I'm built for comfort rather than speed...lol, although when I lose my weight I'll up the speed then. Take care and see you on the posts
John :-)

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Hi, I've been on sparkpeople for about two weeks. This summer I had an ankle ligament repair and a foot bone removed to heal a chronic tendon injury. I can't ride again until I'm sure I can do a hill (so I can get home!) So maybe I will be on my bike by the end of August!

I got my wonderful bike in about 1985, and rode in California's Lighthouse Century in 1986. I neglected cycling for years when my kids were little, but two years ago we moved to a place where we can jump on the bike and ride 20 miles or more with great routes and few cars. With my foot problems I may never be able to ride like I did in my 20's, but cycling remains my cardio of choice.

I want to be on this team so when I ride again I can share my little successes!

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